By Capt Senanu Edward Akakpo
The Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) Bimbilla – Honourable Dominic Nitiwul, has lauded the professionalism and unflinching commitment exhibited by Ghanaian peacekeepers, these attributes, leading to various heads of missions holding Ghana in high esteem in the peacekeeping arena.
The Defence Minister said this when he visited the Ghanaian Battalion (GHANBATT) serving with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), on Monday 10th June 2019, at the GHANBATT Headquarters, INCAL Complex, Kinshasa.
Mr Nitiwul, who led a high-powered delegation of diplomats, senior military officers and advisors on Diplomatic/military engagements in DRC, also held a meeting with the MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander – Major General (Maj Gen) Bernard Commins.
The Defence Minister urged troops to avoid acts of misconduct and be guided by the principles and guidelines of the UN, but be reminded that certain acts, affect the general ratings of the country in the UN arena.
The Defence Minister also updated troops on happenings back home in Ghana, such as the appointment of the first Ghanaian female Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Constance Edjeani-Afenu as the Deputy Force Commander at the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), as well as government’s preparedness to provide infrastructure, the re-tooling of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the settlement of all pay and allowance due all personnel of GAF, etc.
The Minister, on behalf of the delegation, made a handsome donation to help renovate the Battalion HQ gym and to construct a new volleyball and badminton court at the GHANBATT Headquarters, INCAL Complex.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, urged GAF troops to apply their uniform appropriately and legally and called for troops to abstain from unauthorized and illegal operations, such as unsanctioned bodyguard operations, involvement in land guard duties, and dabbling in chieftaincy matters.
Maj Gen Commins said that the Mission HQ was full of praises for the commitment, resilience and professionalism of the Ghanaian Contingent, which the DFC said was a good example of what a
UN military contingent should exhibit in the mission.
The Commanding Officer (CO), GHANBATT 15 – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sebastian Abraham Arhin, pledged the battalion’s commitment to maintain the high standards set by previous GHANBATT, in order to keep the flag of Ghana flying high and later presented a plaque to the Defence Minister.
Other members of the delegation were the National Security Advisor at the Presidency, Brig Gen Emmanuel Okyere (rtd), Director General International Peace Support Operations (IPSO), Brig Gen A Issahaku, and Directors from the Ministries, HE Joseph Kweku Antwi, Ghana’s Ambassador to the DRC, as well as other staff from the Ghana Embassy.